IPSA Courses

Bruno Cautrès

Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po, FR

Bruno is a researcher at CEVIPOF, the Center for Political Sciences Research (FNSP/CNRS) in France. He has been involved in different French and European studies on political participation (PartCom), and voting and elections (Panel électoral français de 2002). He has developed research in other areas which show the social and political rifts associated with Europe and European integration in the electorates and political opinion.

Ioana Elena Oana

European University Institute, FL

Ioana-Elena Oana is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence where she is currently working on developing semi-automated solutions for protest event analysis in the framework of the SOLID project. Ioana-Elena is the main developer of the R package SetMethods and has extensive experience in teaching QCA using R at various international methods schools and universities (ECPR Methods Schools, Lund University, University of Helsinki, EUI, etc.). She has also co-authored with Carsten Q. Schneider and Eva Thomann the book ‘Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) using R: A Gentle Introduction’, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Besides research methodology, her main research interests include political participation and representation, political behavior, and political psychology.

Carsten Schneider

Central European University, HU

Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor of Political Science at Central European University Budapest. His research focuses on regime transitions, autocratic regimes, the qualities of democracies, and the link between social and political inequalities. He also works in the field of comparative methodology, especially on set-theoretic methods. Carsten has published in leading Political Science journals, and three books, among them the co-authored Set- Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Soledad Prillaman

Stanford University, US 

Soledad Artiz Prillaman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Her research lies at the intersections of comparative political economy, development, and gender, with a focus in South Asia. Specifically, her research addresses questions such as: What are the political consequences of development and development policies, particularly for women’s political behavior? How are minorities, specifically women, democratically represented and where do inequalities in political engagement persist and how are voter demands translated into policy and governance? In answering these questions, she utilizes mixed methods, including field experiments, surveys, and in-depth qualitative fieldwork. She received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2017 and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Texas A&M University in 2011. 

Laron K. Williams

University of Missouri, US 

Laron Williams is an Associate Professor and the Major Garrett Fellow in Political Science at the University of Missouri. He specializes in examining the role of parliamentary oppositions in policy making, political methodology, and how domestic political institutions constrain the foreign policy choices of executives. 

Francisco Cantú

University of Houston, US 

Francisco is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Houston, TX and hold a Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego. His researches explores questions regarding political institutions and elections. He teach courses on comparative politics, political economy, and data science. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis, among others.

Short Courses 

Julio César Martínez

Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX), MX

Julio César holds a bachelor's degree in Actuarial Science by the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) and a master's degree in Population and Development by The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Additionally, he holds a specialization in Data Mining by the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and is currently studying for a PhD in Population Studies at The College of Mexico (COLMEX). He has worked as a research assistant, as well as being the director of the Analysis and Employment Surveys Evaluation Direction at The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and at the present time is professor at the Faculty of Forensic Sciences at UNAM, where he teaches  Multivariate Statistics.

Ulises Flores


Ulises Flores is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). His research interests are quantitative methods applied to the social sciences, government transparency, corruption, and education.

He has participated in research projects in institutions such as: Secretariat of Public Education (SEP); National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL).

Karina Bárcenas

Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, MX

Karina Barcenas is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at UNAM. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with a Specialty in Social Anthropology from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). She also holds a Master's degree in Science and Cultural Communication from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana León.

Her research interests are religion, sexual diversity, and political culture; identities, gender, social movements, and religion and the internet.

Rodrigo Salazar


Rodrigo Salazar is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico and Director of the Flacso Mexico Methods Laboratory. He has a master's degree in Social Sciences from Flacso Mexico and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He teaches courses on political theory, political behavior, and social sciences methods and techniques.

His research interests are populism in Latin America and the effects of presidential reelection on government performance in Mexico and Latin America. He belongs to the National System of Researchers, level I.

Tomislav Lendo

Tomislav Lendo holds a PhD in Government from the University of Essex, a Master in Public Policy from the University of London and a BA in Sociology from UAM Xochimilco.

He was Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, has taught in Mexico and abroad on public policy and political communication.

Among his most recent publications are: "Parlamento Abierto, un Análisis Comparado de Chile, Estados Unidos, España y México" and "Communicating public security crisis in Mexico: A comparison between Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto".

Dr. Lendo was General Speech Coordinator for Presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón. He was also Director of Social Studies and Dissemination at INDESOL.

He has been a consultant on energy efficiency issues for the World Bank and the Ministry of Energy.

Henio Hoyo

 Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales-UNAM, MX

Henio Hoyo is Professor and Researcher at the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales UNAM. He is also an Associate Professor and Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences of the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). His main research and teaching topics are (1) nationalisms, ethnic conflicts, and political extremism; (2) creation and dissemination of national imaginary; (3) nationality, citizenship and migration; and (4) Latin America / Europe comparative politics.

He holds a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México and a Master in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He has a second master's and Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Germany. Since 2016 he belongs to the National System of Researchers.

Alejandra Armesto


Alejandra Armesto is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico. She holds a master's degree. and  Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in the United States; a master's degree in Social Sciences from Flacso Mexico; a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina.

In her research, she addresses issues of distributive policy, subnational politics, and fiscal federalism.

Javier Aparicio

Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas (CIDE), MX

Francisco Javier Aparicio is assistant professor in the Political Studies Division at CIDE, in Mexico City. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. His main areas of expertise are political economy and quantitative methods. Some of his recent research topics include: campaign finance, political competition and public policy, and the political economy of migration. His recent publications have appeared in World Development, Public Choice, and Política y Gobierno, as well as in the collective volumes Policymaking in Latin America: How politics shapes policies, Debatiendo la Reforma Política, and Perspectivas Migratorias.

Raúl Pacheco-Vega

Flacso Mexico, Mx

Research Professor at Flacso Mexico. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Guanajuato, a Master's degree in Advanced Technology Management, and a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, both from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as well as a specialization at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the National System of Researchers, with Level I.

His fields of interest are mixed methods, public policy, national and global environmental policies. Especially topics related to water governance, sanitation and wastewater policy, North American environmental policy, Latin American environmental policy. He also has interests in interscalar dynamics and human-environmental interactions, and spatial analysis.